The NFL Bans Kneeling During National Anthem
The NFL has passed a new censorship rule that bans players from expressing their First Amendment rights by kneeling on the field during the National Anthem.
Under the new censorship rule, players will be allowed to stay in the locker room during the anthem — safely out of sight from those who are offended by peaceful non-violent protest — notes The New York Times.
Many players kneeled during the 2017 season to protect the police brutality of black people. Opponents falsely claimed the players were disrespecting veterans and servicemen who died in combat.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said that NFL owners voted unanimously to fine teams if their players do not “show respect for the flag and the anthem” while on the field.
Goodell falsely claimed it was the kneeling itself that created the false narrative, which was actually propagated by Fox News and president Donald Trump:
It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic. This is not and was never the case.
The new censorship policy was adopted without any involvement from the players’ union, which released a statement:
Our union will review the new “policy” and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement.